Saturday, July 11, 2020

Flower Power

I'm procrastinating from doing things that really need to be done around the house :)

So I looked at some challenge blogs to see what I could "play" with.
And found one of my new favorite challenge blogs: Double Trouble. The current challenge is Challenge #61 - TicTacToe Puzzle with Cupcake Inspirations "Flowers, Pearls/Sequins"
I think I've met the criteria of all three: The Trouble Maker, the Twister Sister, and the Double Dare:

I used an insect, flower, and wood grain.
 There are pearls on the sympathy card, and bling on the hello card. 

So this is also going into: CupCake Inspirations

I stamped the image (Simon Says Stamp) onto wood pattern paper, and colored with color pencils. I die cut an oval, and the sentiment (Simon Says Stamp). The bee (from HoneyBee) was colored, and die cut.
That's all for now.  Thanks for looking. Stay well.
Until next time . . .

Friday, July 10, 2020

NYC Wedding Day

This is for the son and his new bride of a good friend.  He and his bride had been engaged for a while.  They recently got married at city hall in Manhattan because they researched their "lucky day", and quickly got married. 
It was a small ceremony.  They plan to have a big party when her parents can attend.

I had actually made the background a while ago -- just playing around and having fun.  So I don't really remember exactly how I made it.  But I think I used distress inks and a sun stencil.  I think I may have spritzed water through the stencil -- I know it's on water color paper.  And you can see a bunch of water splats.  Whatever -- after that, I used a skyline stencil from The Crafter's Workshop (Urban Landscape) - which has 2 options -- the solid buildings and the lined buildings.

So after that was done, I set is aside for quite a while.  Never sure what I should do with it.  Until now.  So I stenciled in some hearts, and black embossed the Congratulations.  And done -- a different but very personal wedding card. 

I'm putting this into Cardz for Galz - the theme is  WEDDINGS

It is certainly not the usual wedding card.  But it worked for them!
Thanks for taking a look.  Hope you are all well and safe.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Make a Wish

My daughter-in-law has a fascination for and collection of snails.  So to make her birthday card I started looking at my snail stamps and found it lacking.

I've become fascinated by Lavinia Stamps and their videos.  The finished pieces are so pretty and beautiful. So, I had to get my hands on some, and give it a try.   I was able to get this fairy riding a snail and a few others.  The text stamp has the word "Celestial" in it; and our last name is Celeste!  Perfect!
I followed some of the techniques (alcohol ink on Yupo, and then alcohol ink lift) on this video by Lavinia Stamps.  I don't do their work justice - check out their YouTube videos.  But I had fun playing and I'm pretty sure my daughter-in-law will like her card. 

And into

Here is the inside of the card.  I used one of "lifted" pieces for the inside. 
Supplies:  front side stamps(Lavinia), alcohol inks, alcohol ink lift, yupo paper, Make a Wish die (Impression Obsession), glitter paper

I'll leave you a photo of a sunset from my front door a few weeks ago.  Now that is beautiful!! 
Thanks for visiting.  Stay safe and stay well.  
Until next time. . . 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Happy Happy Birthday

I've seen many beautiful cards made with balloon stencils.  So I had to give it a try.  These were sooo much fun to make.  And easy too!
The 30th birthday is for my niece.  

  • ink - distress oxides
  • stencil - neat and tangled
  • die cuts --  varied (happy, 30, birthday)
  • polka dot paper - unknown  
For the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A Pocketful of Thanks

My best friend made and sewed some pockets for my 90 year old mother-in-law's day dresses.  And I wanted to make a thank you card for her.  Thanks, Virginia!!

Thanks to the challenge at Double Trouble I found a recipe for today's card:
From Thing 1 - Trouble Maker

Ingredients:  3 - Colors 
                       2 - Embellishments   
                       1 - Seasoned Stamped Sentiment  (clear or rubber stamp more than one year old)

and from Thing 3 - Twisted Sister  use the Sketch from  Retro Rubber 
"Let's get straight to the point. From my point of view, I see a sketch with sharp angles so here's MY angle: Using the sketch, create a project using at least one angular shape without round corners, i.e., triangles, quadrilaterals such as square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus, etc.  That's my angle and I'm sticking to it!"  
The pocket is a pentagon -- no rounded corners. 

and from THING 2:  Double Dare  - The stamp set from W+ 9 (pocket and sentiment) is very old -- I think it dates back to 2012.

So I'm also putting this into Retro Rubber

And also into 
  • patterned paper: Scenic Route
  • pocket stamps & die: W Plus 9 - A Pocketful (2012) 
  • sun die: Lawn Fawn
  • embellishments: 2 brads on the pocket corners
As always, thanks for taking a look.  Stay safe and stay well. 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Do What Makes you Happy

This is for a friend who is retiring from teaching.  She loves horseback riding in her free time.
I used the sketch and colors from the following challenges: 

1) Freshly Made Sketches

3) CAS on Fridays - the challenge is "Animals"

Here's a peek at the inside:
Products used:
  • Horse Stamps: Gina K(outside) & Inkadinkadoo (inside)
  • Sentiment Stamps: Clearly Besotted (outside), Impression Obsession (inside)
  • Papers: Stampin Up (blue) and Craft Consortium 
Thanks for taking a look.    Until next time. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Father's Day

This is for my hubby for Father's Day.  He is REALLY  into cars -- of all types.  The stamps, word stamp-die, and flame stencil are all from HoneyBee Stamps. The wood frame die is from Hero Arts.  The stamping is embossed in sliver, and I colored the car with distress inks.  

1) Stamplorations Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes - Can you see the stenciled flames on the side of the car? 
2) Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge - This is a new challenge for me.  
Thing 1 (Trouble Maker) -- create a masculine project
 Thing 2 (Double Dare) - Link to "Use Your Stuff" Challenge

 Thing 3 (Twisted Sister) - use at least one round item -- do tires count?

4) NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff - the stamp and die (from Honeybee) have never been used before

Here is a pretty picture of a recent sunset. Looks like cotton candy.  
Thanks for taking a look.  Until next time.  😷